Montell Griffin vs. Roy Jones Jr. II

Montell Griffin vs. Roy Jones Jr. II, billed as "Unfinished Business" was a professional boxing match contested on August 7, 1997 for the WBC light heavyweight championship.

"Unfinished Business"
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DateAugust 7, 1997
VenueFoxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut
Title(s) on the lineWBC Light Heavyweight Championship
Tale of the tape
Boxer Montell Griffin Roy Jones Jr.
Nickname "Ice" "Junior"
Hometown Chicago, Illinois Pensacola, Florida
Pre-fight record 27–0 34–1
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg) 175 lb (79 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBC
Light Heavyweight Champion
WBC
#1 Ranked Light Heavyweight

BackgroundEdit

Jones and Griffin had previously fought earlier in 1997 on March 21. Jones, who was the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter in all of boxing, was making the first defense of the WBC light heavyweight title he had won on November 22, 1996 after defeating Mike McCallum against the undefeated Montell Griffin, who held the WBU light heavyweight title and was the top ranked light heavyweight by the WBC. Griffin was able to control the early portion of the fight, but Jones eventually rebounded and took control of the latter portion of the bout. The fight was still close entering round nine, as Jones took a narrow lead on two of the judge's scorecards (77–75 and 76–75), while Griffin held a 76–75 lead on the third. Griffin would control most of the first two minutes, but Jones was able to hurt Griffin with a right hand as the second minute ended. Jones then attacked Griffin in hopes of scoring a knockout victory, causing Griffin to voluntarily take a knee to avoid further punishment. While Griffin was on his knee, however, Jones illegally hit Griffin with a right-left combination. Jones initially thought he had picked up the victory via knockout, but referee Tony Perez announced that he had disqualified Jones for the illegal blows and Griffin was awarded the victory by disqualification, becoming the new WBC light heavyweight champion and the first person to defeat Jones as a professional.[1] Griffin originally talked of a unification match with then-WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill, but agreed to a rematch with Jones instead.

The FightEdit

Though their first fight was closely contested through nine rounds, the rematch would last only 151 seconds. Less than 20 seconds into the fight, Jones sent Griffin down into the ropes with a left hook for an official knockdown. Following the knockdown, Jones stalked towards Griffin, constantly attacking him with power punches. Griffin attempted to keep Jones at bay with his jab but was unable to establish himself as he had in the previous fight. Then with around 42 seconds left in the round, Jones caught Griffin flush with a leaping left hook that put Griffin down on his back. Griffin attempted to get back up but was unable to find to his footing and was counted at the 2:31 mark of the first round. Jones was then declared the winner by knockout, once again becoming the WBC light heavyweight champion.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ First Loss for Jones By Disqualification, N.Y. Times article, 1997-03-22, Retrieved on 2014-02-13
  2. ^ Jones KOs Griffin, Chicago Tribune article, 1997-08-08, Retrieved on 2014-02-13